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as president. kristen dahlgren, nbc news, the white house. >>> darcy spencer watched tonight's speech with some families who have loved ones overseas. she continues our coverage now. darcy? >> reporter: jim the women we watched the speech with have a vested interest in what the president had to say. one is married to a marine. the other has a boyfriend in the army. both are in the middle east right now. while they were pleased with what some of the president said, they found some statements concerning. >> i'd like to talk to you about the end of our combat mission in iraq. >> reporter: as president obama delivered a speech acknowledging the recent pullout of american troops from iraq, the loved ones who are still serving in harm's way were watching and listening closely. >> we've heard all day, all week leading up to this, it won't be a victory lap. and it felt like a victory lap. >> reporter: the speech raised a lot of concerns for stacy simon whose boyfriend, kevin doyle, is serving in afghanistan. >> officially the ending. it's not like he was ready to just close the book and say we've ended
are displaced know why. darcy spencer is live with more on what fire investigators discovered there. darcy, gd evening. >> reporter: craig, the fire marshal says this blaze was, in fact, an accident. it was caused when a resident discarded a cigarette butt in a potted plant. fire investigators determined the blaze that destroyed three homes in manassas o thursday was caused by a resident that threw a cigarette butt on a plant. >> potting soil is not dirt. potting soils organic material. the mulch that is in these potted plants, sometimes, is shredded timber, shredded bark. >> reporter: the fire marshal says the blaze in the sumner lake community spread from the potted plant to the deck to the vinyl siding and then to adjacent homes. it's been ruled an accident. the fire marshal says the smoker whose house was among those destroyed, had been discarding cigarette butts this way tore sometime. >> there was a small breez 5 to 10 miles per hour that was blowing in that dection and it probably fanned that. theay those fires started it probably smoldered for a while. >> reporter: many residents of th
services section. today they got results. darcy spencer joins us in the studio now with more on this story. darcie? >> maryland's attorney general told me craigslist needed to take this action. it's a site where kids can trade be baseball cards, you can buy a couch and engauge in prostitution. and that's just wrong. when you go on the popular website craigslist, one feature is now gone, where he used to be able to click on adult services, it now says sensored. >> this is what we asked them to do. this is what we asked them to do. this is not a gray area. craigslist was being used as a medium, as a vehicle for people to commit illegal acts. >> craigslist removed the adult services section from the site two weeks after attorneys general from across the country demanded its removal. maryland attorney general is among 17 top prosecutors who wanted craigslist to stop offering an online brothel. >> on craigslist, there were literally women for sale. there was an online brothel going on. we told craigslist, look, have you to stop this, this is facilitating a crime. >> reporter: in the metro area,
and everybody who is working there. let's go back now to news4's aaron gilchrist? >> darcy spencer. >> you're on the other sight fd building. what's your vantage point from where you are? we see pedestrians around you. >> reporter: we're along georgia avenue with the intersection of cameron street about a block or so away. you can see a lot of activity behind me. a lot of pedestrians and a lot of confusion. people are coming out of their office buildings, trying to figure out what's happening. trying to figure out how to get to the metro station. i had someone come to me and said he was told to go to the tacoma metro station. he said that's a two-mile walk and it's probably, it feel like about 100 degrees out here. so a lot of people out on the streets. a lot of confusion. people trying to figure out what is the situation, asking for an update. some people were out today when all this started to happen and they're very curious to see if this situation has resolved. as we know, it is still ongoing. you can see here in the intersection of cameron and georgia avenue, maryland state police is
craigslist interaction. >> reporter: darcy spencer, news 4 today. >> craigslist has not comment why it accept sored its adult services section in the u.s. in may, the ceo said the company's ads were no worse than those published in some newspapers. >>> take a number and wait. that will be the routine again today for hundreds of drivers trying to process their licenses. but at least the dmv is open. 14 virginia dmv offices will be open from 1:00 to 5:00. a computer glitch late last month caused a huge back doing of applications and renewals. they couldn't take or process any new pictures. now that the computers are back online the crowds have grown as many drivers make their second and third trips to get their applications completed. >> you come one day and you expect to have everything done that day and then you wasn't so you have to come back. >> the same 14 offices will be open again tomorrow from 8:00 a.m. to noon. for the full list of offices open, visit nbcwashington.com. >>> a reminder about a major maintenance on the red line. the agency closed five stations while crews work on the tra
will mark the tragedies at the pentagon, in new york city and in shanksville, pennsylvania. darcy spencer is at the pentagon memorial tonight with more tonight. darcy? >> reporter: most of the people we spoke to at the pentagon memory ideal this evening say they can't believe that nine years have passed since the september 11th attacks. some people brought their children so that they, too, will never forget. on the eve of the ninth anniversary of the september 11th attacks, many have been braun to visit the pentagon memorial. district resident liz mora came here for the first time tonight with her children. >> they need to know and learn from what happened and just to see the names on the benches, it's pretty powerful. so that's why we're here tonight as a family to honor and respect them. >> reporter: the memorial has 184 illuminated benches, each with the name of a victim who died when the hijacked plane slammed into the pentagon. rosemary dillard's husband, eddie, was one of them. >> i know it's supposed to get easier, that you're supposed to find closure. and i have never found closur
are paying tribute to the woman who was running for the u.s. senate as a green party candidate. darcy spencer is among the group the. darcy? >> reporter: you can see here behind me, the dozens of people have begun to gather at the parking lot of prince george's community college where it happened. her mother said she wants to make sure her daughter isn't forgotten. that there is a legacy left behind shelf wantso make sure there are additional bikeaths built here across the county and across maryland to make a place for people to cycle so there isn't another tragedy like what that to her daughter. pettigrew was training for a triathalon. she was ring her bike here by prince george's mmunity college at about 5:30 in the morning when she was struck and fatally wounded. police say she was struck by a woman driving a cadillac escalade the woman told authorities she believed she hit an animal, possibly a deer. she did not stop at the scene. sherove home about three mile from the scene. that's when she found the bike still lodged under her suv. that's when she called authority and reported the incid
. >> if you're lucky enough to be going to the game, you'll notice a few upgrades. darcy spencer is live with the survival guide for sunday's game. hi, darcy. >> reporter: the game is still a couple days away but authorities want people to develop their plan to get here right now. the game doesn't kick off until 8:20 sunday night. the gates will open at fed-ex feel at noon. police stay way to avoid gridlock is to get here early. come sunday, the fed-ex field parking lot will once again be filled with fans full of hope. this time it will be different. this time the skins are teague their arch rival, the dallas cowboys on home turf for the season opener. >> this is like our super bowl. the redskins go in. >> reporter: the maryland state police officials say sunday could be the perfect storm for grid lock. they're expecting huge crowds coming to see the new players on the team including quarterback donavan mcnabb, coming to watch the team take on dallas, coming to see the first home game of the season. their advice, get here early and avoid the most popular beltway exit such as landover roa
the person in the surveillance video, you're asked to call police. darcy spencer, news 4. >>> be prepared for the worst. that was the motivation behind a disaster drill at the reagan national airport today. airport personnel and some nearby emeency agencies tested their reaction tothe following horrific 12345ir you. an airplane crashes on landing and slams into a bunch of cars and an airport shuttle and as you can see, they even set the plane on fire and simulated treating victims. organizers of the drill today hope that hands-on experience will help save lives in the event of a real tragedy. >>> a mini van carrying a church group crash into new york tonight. six people are dead. it happened in wood berry, 50 miles north of manhattan. 14 people wre in the minivan when it crashed and eight passengers are still in the hospital and at least two are in critical condition. the authorities say the van blew a tire. then flipped over. >>> when we come back on this saturday night, a second chance for some of man's best friends who are rescued from abuse. we'll tell you about that. >>> and we'll te
in the early morning hours when it's dark outside and bars have just closed. darcy spencer is here with more on the disturbing trend. >> it certainly is disturbing and students are frightened. many students are walking home and catching buses back to campus, and that's when the robbers are striking. a university of maryland student was attacked by a group of four men here about 2:00 saturday morning. the robbers took the money out of the man's wallet and left him injured on the ground just a few blocks from campus. >> very scary. very thankful that i have never been approached by anyone. >> reporter: this was the latest in a series of off-campus robbers. police are not sure if it is linked to the university. >> we have had four incidents where victims have been robbed, either in late evening hours or early morning hours. in each of these cases we have not had definitive information that links them altogether yet. >> police are warning students they are most likely to become a victim in what they call crime time. they want students to be alert and travel in groups. >> crime time is the point
person like that to be in the community at all. >>> darcy spencer, news 4 today. >>> the gun used was al used in a shooting earlier that day. another teenager has been arrested in cnection withhat shooting. a memorial is held saturday at catholic university in the st. vincent depaul chapel at 4:00 p.m. all are invited to attend. >>> the preppy burglar is turning in his shirt and tie for an orange jump suit. police received a tip from someone who recognized him on tv. the 30-year-old is facing charges of burglary, theft and destruction of property. he broke into a home and stole electronics and otherproperty. poli police don't know if he was involved in other cases. >>> a u.s. delegation walked out when iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad said many people in the u.s. government were responsible for the 9/11 attacks. earlier, president barack oba urged world leaders to move ahead for the quest in the middle east. the president said if everyone worked together they could welcome a new member >>> we can have an agreement that will have an independent, sovereign state of palestine living in
. according to family members his mother was told she might never walk again. darcy spencer reports. >> reporter: police say 50-year-old paul partis, know as warren davis, walked into johns hopkins, shot and wounded an ortpedic surgeon, shot and killed his mother, and took his own life. >> i would never have expected this. this place is well protected and secured. this is crazy and ridiculous for something like this to happen >> reporter: he became straight ile talking to dr. david cohen. he puled out a semi automatic handgun and fired one shot. >>. >> the wounds appear to be
. >> there should be a scanner and security guards at all doors. >> reporter: i baltimore, darcy spencer, news 4 today. >>> 4:31 is our time. >> it came in overnight. the skies have begun to clear out. starting off friday morning with a partly cloudy sky. we'll take every drop we can have with the drought we have ongoing. arlington, fairfax, montgomery, mid-60s. 60s to 70s on the eastern shore. out of the mountains of west virginia, temperatures there are near 60. over the last 12 hours, the bulk of the heavier rain fell north of washington in pennsylvania. they hadevere weather. new york city, they're getting that there. long island, heavy downpours and strong winds. for, we'll have some sunine. afternoon highs into the low 80s. and increasing sunshine by late afterno. great weather for all the games. partly cloudy sunday, mid-80s. good wther for the skins game sunday afternoon. how is our traffic, ashley? >> well, od morning. we are starting you off with a big problem. outer loop is shut down between connecticut avenue and 355. this is the headlights on connecticut area. it happened in the 10:
this game. they anticipate a large crowd this year. >> darcy spencer, news 4. >> you want to keep it locked to nbc 4, cowboys/redskins sunday night, coverage begins at 8:15. meanwhile the 2010 reunion wrapped up on the national mall a few hours ago. it's the 25th year for the event. nbc 4s with a proud sponsor. >>> montgomery college's rockville campus was the scene of a shred it event today. up to nine boxes of confidential papers free of charge. they were shredded and recycled. great day for the family reunion, great day to recycle some stuff. lots of folks headed to fedex. >> eight hours early, no less. you'll be in the rain for the tailgating. good bet for showers. in time for the game, you should be dry, and we'll be cloudy. let's get moving, we got a new hurricane. as i look at baby name ideas. i don't know if igor is high enough on my list. >> i hope it doesn't make it at all. >> this is the latest one, igor is the fourth hurricane of the season. 1230 miles east of the lee ward islands packing winds of 75 miles per hour. no watches or warnings, it's not a danger to anybody. dry weath
from our area left for the cape tonight to provide support. darcy spencer has that story. >> we're excited, aren't we? >> nice boy. >> reporter: victoria and her rescue dog are heading to massachusetts with the montgomery county urban be search and rescue team. >> fonzie is a young dog, he's only two. fema requires them to be 18 months to be certified. and he just got certified. this is our first mission. >> reporter: they're taking 80,000 pounds of equipment to help if hurricane earl devastates cape cod. earl is expected to pack 100 mile per hour winds. >> do building by building, house by house searches to make sure no one is trapped in any collapsed houses. >> reporter: the men had to get ready on short notice. >> my wife and three kids were on their way out to dinner. i had to stop that pretty fast. both my kids are upset. it's part of the life that we lead. >> reporter: this team has been dispatched during hurricanes many times before but typically there's been to the gulf coast. this will be the first time in a long time they'll be traveling north. tracy brought her two da
's no indication that alcohol played a role in the crash. at this point no charges have been filed. in largo, darcy spencer, news 4. >>> this morning the doctor who was shot during a standoff at john hopkins last week is in fair but stable condition. dr. cohen was shot in the stomach by the son of an elderly patient. he lost his composure after cohen delivered newsf his mother's condition. >>> the redskins took it down to the wishre, actually beyond the wi last nigh it was an impressive game on offense outside the fact they couldn't respond to 20 unanswered points. here's news 4's hakim dermish. >>> good morning, everyone. the redskins built a 17-point lead last night, but houston mounted a texas-sized comeback. matt shaw passed for nearly 500 yards, leading the texans to a victory in overtime. here's how it went down. over two minutes to go, redskins up 27-20. fourth and ten for houston. avoids the sack. jump ball to his favorite receive andre johnson, and he hauls it in. they force overtime. in o.t., graham on for the win from 52 yards out. the kick is good. but hold on a second. head coach gary
will be filed. reporting live from largo, darcy spencer, news4. back to you, dory. >> jim? >>> a verdict has been rendered in a drunk driver who was charged in the death of a baseball pitcher from maryland. he was killed in california last year. a car ran a red light and hit andlammed into their car. e edwin hart was drafted while a student in hagerstown. today the judge found the driver, an dree galldrew gallo, driving on a suspended license. >>> fire officials in na manass are still trying to figure out what caused a massive fire that burned several house to the ground. some residents were in tears when they went back to see the damage for the fist time today. fast-moving flames destroyed three houses yesterday and damaged five others. some who live in t area are critical of t constructionf those homes, but fire officials say there were no structural damages. >> when they was building them, i said, these things are just too close together. >> my husnd told me, he said, no, angel, the house are too close together. >> these houses were built exactly aording to code at the time they were buil
westminster, maryland. darcy spencer,news 4 today. >> police say sacks's body will be trance fort ported for an autopsy. >>> police in frederick county are looking for a tire slasher on white cars. police say they don't know the van al's motive or why. so far no arrests have been made. >>> 4:51 now. time to take a look at our weather forecast for today. we have much, much needed rain headed our way. >>> more than just tamping down the dust like we had earlier. this is a good, soaking beneficial rain. unfortunately it may come with strong winds later today and tonight. right now, though, we have fast-moving showers moving south to north. some of them moving 25 to 30 miles per hour. these are showers where you see where it's coming down harder. heavy rai falling north and east of washington. we have one patch of moderate rain heading into eastern howard county. washington, just a few sprinkles. light rain, fairfax. frederick county, maryland, scattered or light showers there. on the radar, light rain from north of richmond to near charlottesville, shenandoah valley, panhandle of benefit we
have girls in the house. we're careful about locking up the doors. >> reporter: darcy spencer, news 4 today. >>> the victim waited more than 12 hours to report the crime. police say it's important to come forward right away with a description of their attacker so police can canvas the area and have a better chance of catching the suspects. >> we had a gorgeous weekend. have we been waiting all summer long for weather like this? >> finally and it came in september. here we go. >> worth the wait. >> we have the autumn con selgss in the sky and 63 in washington. a cool 60 in dulles and andrews air force base and montgomery county, many locations in the's now. only near 50 in the pan handle of west virginia. so quite a cool morning near the bay in the low 60s of the even they at the atlantic beaches only in the 50s and inland as well, only the low 50s in many locations. it's in the low 40s in the mountains of western maryland on this labor day morning. so quite a chilly start there. in fact, the chilliest morning we've had since last spring. we had a clear sky and plenty of sunshine for l
4's darcy spencer reports. >> reporter: this armed robber has strk five businesses since late july. three of them have been cuttery salons. this video shows an armed robber pulling a knife while holding up a haircuttery salon. he swiped money from businesses in fairfax and loudoun county only striking between late morning and early afternoon. >> we're working very closely with loudoun county detectives on this because he obviously sees no jurisdictional boundaries so nther can we. >> reporter: police say the robber started his crime spree on july 26th when he held up chantilly cash and carry. he struck again on september 6th at this kfc/taco bell restaurant in loudoun county. he then hit three hair cutterys in fairfax and loudoun counties on september 7, 12 and 14. >> the frequencies have increased. the first case was more than a month ago and now he seems to be doing it within a matter of days. that concerns us. >> reporter: in each case the robber brandish a knife, grabs cash from the register, and runs away. >> establishnts seem to be centered around route 28. so anyone who shop
. it is the fourth driver accused of such a crime. darcy spencer is outside metro headquarters with this developing story. >> reporter: according to court documents, the victim has cerebral palsy and is not able to speak very well but she was able to communicate what happened to her, to her mother who then called authorities. a metro access driver has been arrested after a disabled rider accused him of sexually assaulting her last month. the victim says the driver, 59-year-old samuel kinston from gaithersburg, fondled her as he escorted her off the van. the victim has cerebral palsy and use as motorized scooter to get around. >> the victim was sexually touched, third degree sexual assault. and we did an investigation on the things of the incident. got a warrant for the driver. >> reporter: kinston does not work for metro but he does work for challenger transportation. a subcontractor for md transportation. the contractor that provides metro access service for these are mentally or physically challenged. according to court documents. kinston is denying the allegations. >> as soon as it was recorded,
, including virginia and maryland, asked the classified website to block it. darcy spencer has more on the change that many are applauding. >> reporter: when you go on craigslist, one feature is gone. where you used to be able to click on "adult services," it nis now gone. >> this is the right thing to do. this is not a gray area. what was happening was craigslist was being used as a medium, as a vehicle for people to commit illegal acts. >> reporter: they removed the section from the site two weeks after attorneys general demanded its removal. maryland attorney general doug ansler is among 17 top prosecutors who wanted craigslist to stop offering what he called an online brothel. >> there were literally women for sale. it was an online brothel going on. we told craigslist, you have to stop this. this is facilitating crime. >> reporter: in the metro area, there have been numerous police investigations of victims who met their attackers through the site. montgomery county firefighter was arrested after meeting when he thought was a 16-year-old girl who turned out to be an undercover
, darcy spencer, "news4 today." >>> fire officials in manassas are continuing their investigation into what cause ad ma -- caused a massive fire on thursday. three homes were damaged. some residents arecritical of the homes' construction saying they were built too close together but fire officials who investigated the area say there were no ructural violations and the homes were built exactly code. >>> a teenager in virginia beach is recovering this morning after being treated for a suspected shark bite. it happened yesterday afternoon in virginia beach. officials say the bite wouldn't around the y's leftnkle and knee were consistent with a shark take. in 2001 a 10-year-old richmond bo died after being bitten in the shark in he very same area of virginia beach pup covered that story. >> it was a scary time for folks down near the beach. >> right now metrobus operators and mechanics are being put to the test. >> early morning exercises are evaluating their skills for your safety. this is the metro rodeo. happening in landover, maryland. derrick ward is headed out to the rodeo. what
area. this was darcy spencer reports. >> on the eve of the anniversary of the september 11 attacks, many have been drawn to commemorate the memorial. district resident liz mora came here for the first time tonight with her children. >> they need to know and learn what happened. and just sitting on the benches is pretty powerful. that's why we're here tonight to honor and respect them. >> the memorial has 184 illuminated benches, each with the name of a victim who died when a hijacked plane 77 slammed into the pentagon. rosemary's husband, eddie, was one of them. >> it' supposed to get easier, you're supposed to find closure. i have never found closure. >> jessica morrow and matthew callahan are visiting from connecticut. they say the 9/11 memorial is moving and a reminder to never forget that day. >> it's amazing to see how many people actually lost their lives for what? i don't know. >> every year, it gets more heated topic. you see on the news about the mosque in new york and the koran burning in florida. chris anderson came to iraq to pay her respects. >> fitting tribute to the
. >> chris gordon, thanks. >>> our team coverage of the maryland primaries continues with darcy spencer. she's got more now on the closely watched race for prince georges county executive. who's vying to be the ne leader for the county's neay 900,000 residents. >> reporter: as you know, this is an extremely critical primary here in prince georges county. chances e, whoever wins the democratic primary today will become the next county executive in prince georges county. there are no repuican challengers. there are a lot of politking and electioning going on here in upper marlboro. the candidates are baker, jackson, dean, levi and turner. they're all vying to become the next county executive. the county board elections told me today that surprisingly, turnout has been extremely low today. as of 3:00, only about 2% of voters had had gone to the polls. >> it's surprisingly going very slow. the percentage of people coming out has been very, very minimal. we're thinking at first a lot of this is due to the fact that we had thearly voting for the first time this year. >> because of the economy and
setch fromclean reston. one man could be responsible for them all. darcy spencer explains how he's getting easy accs in several cases. >> reporter: residents of the oakrook communities in fairfax county have felt so safe many neighbors dn't lock their doors or windows. a recent rash of burglaries have shattered their peace of mind. >> it hapned once or twice we thought okay. but they keep coming back. >> reporter: police believe one criminal is responsible for had 4 burglaries, thechts from cars and unlawful entries since august 4th. they say he steals wallets and purses for the cash. >> information we're receiving from the neighborhood and his typical method of operation that lead to us believe it's one person. >> reporter: ken found his neighbor's purse in his yard. they took the cash and dropped everything and took off. we just moved into the local area. one of the reasons we liked this area because it seemed like a safe neighborhood. you know, low crime rate. ood schools. that type of neighborhood. >> reporter: police say the burglar enters cars and homes through unlocked doo
years ago. when that hurricane isabel left a ton of destruction in its path. darcy spencer talk to residents keeping a close eye on the weather radar. >> a refrigerator or freezer off the ground. it is flooded. >> reporter: he said he learned his lesson during hurricane isabel. be prepared. with hurricane earl making its way up the east coast, he is nervous. >> i don't want to get spanked again. >> reporter: he lives in the chesapeake bay community called shadyside. back in 2003, many of his neighbors' homes were under several feet of water. he is keeping his kayak handy. >> this was the mode of transportation right after isabel. i figure it could be my mode of transportation again. >> reporter: the bay waters appear tranquil now but residents will never forget the day when the storm surge destroyed their home and uprooted their lives. david markum's home was lifted off its foundation. they have a new dream home now but it has taken years to get back on their feet. >> we lived in an rv for 2 1/2 years. >> reporter: fighting the insurance company. they built their new home on flo
she had hit someone. the victim's mother wants answers. news4's darcy spencer joins us live withthe latest on this case. >> reporter: the victim was riding her bicycle. behind me you'll see prince george's community college. there in the background when she was struck in the early morning darkness. the driver told police she thought she struck an animal so she keptgoing. the victim's mother wants a thorough investigation. >> maryland state police stay driver of this cadillac escalade struck a woman riding a bicycle on route 202 near prince george's communi college in largo about 5:30 sun morning them say she didn't know she hit someone until she got home thr mile away in upper marlboro and found the bike still under her suv. >> she didn't realize she had hit a peon. she thought maybe she struck a dog or a deer. she went home. and inspected her vehicle and immediatei report it so she come plitd with the laws. >> reporter: police were initially investigating the crash that critically injured natasha as a hit and run. that change after the suv driver called authorities as soon as she s
to landover might take you a minute or two. darcy spencer has our survival guide. >> reporter: come sunday, the fed-ex appeal the parking lot will once again be filled but this time it will be different. this time the skins are taking on their arch rival, the dallas cowboys on home turf for the season opener. >> this is like our super bowl. the redskins going to win. big. >> reporter: maryland state police officials say sunday could be the perfect storm for gridlock. they're expecting huge crowds coming to see the new players on the team including quarterback donavan mcnabb. coming to watch the team take on dallas, coming to see the first home game of the season. their advice, get here early and avoid the most popular beltway exit such as landover road. >> there's exit 13, richie marlboro road, and exit 15, central avenue. and take those roads over and use that as an access into the stadium. it will probably make the commute a lot easier. >>> some fans plan to avoid the traffic altogether. >> i'm not going to get stuck in traffic. i'm going to be home relaxing, watching the game, enjoying
homes and damaged five othe. darcy spencer got reaction from neighbors after they learned what sparked that fire. >> reporter: fire investigators have determined the blaze that destroyedhree homes in manassas on thursday was caused by a resident who threw a cigarette butt in a potted plant on his deck. >> potting soil is not dirt. potting soil is organic material. the mulch that is in these potted plants sometimes is shredded timber. >reporter: the fire marshal says the blaze in the sumner lake community spread from the potted plant to the deck to the nyl siding a then to adjacent homes. 's been ruled an accident. the fire marshal says the smoker, whose house was among those destroyed, had been discarding cigarette butts this way for some time. >> there was a small breeze at five to ten miles an hour that was flowing in that direction. and it probably fanned that. the way the fire started probably smoldered for a while. >> reporter:many residents learned of the fe marshal's findings at a press conference. >> i'm gladt wasn't arson or somebody throwing a firebomb or somebody doing somet
was run overlast sday. darcy spencering talked to those who want to keep natasha's spirit alive. ♪ >> repoer: a candlelight vigil drew people from across the community to remember the life of 30-year-old natasha pettigrew. she was struck and killed while riding her bike early sunday morning. >> she was unconscious. but, you know, i don't know if she could hear me or couldn't. one of the main things i kept saying was keep brehing, keep breathing. >> reporter: she was runng important the u.s. senate as a green party candidate in maryland was riding her bike around 5:30 in the morning when she was struck by awoman. the woman told police she didn't stop at the scene because she thought she hit an animal. she reported the incident once she got home. >> it was a horrible situation to be in. like i said all i could do was pray. i prayed then and i continue to pray to this day and i'll continue to pray for the rest of my life. >> reporter: among those attending the vigil the principal of her high school. >> numerous clubs. ecology club. she played lacrosse. her goal was her studies sh
navigate. darcy spencer shows us how the skins are upgrading the fan experience. >> reporter: tailgating redskins fans who arrive early will get to watch other nfl games on five huge jumbo trons staged in the parking lot. they will be tuned to the red zone channel so fans won't miss any of the games of the day. >> expect to see five gigantic video boards. it's going to have nfl red zone. you can keep up with all the exciting games while you're enjoying the tailgating experience. >> reporter: gates at fedex field will open at noon on sunday, more than eight hours before the skins's take on dallas in what promises to be a spectacular season opener against their arch rivals. fans who get here at 2:00 will see a parade right here in the parking lot. it will feature the redskins cheerleaders and bands. it will all be led by dexter manley. redskins officials say the added measures are meant to create a more fan friendly experience at fedex field. once inside the stadium, these new hd video boards will help keep track of the action and player stats. >> a lot of stadium upgrades are good. if we
that patience. thank you. >> darcy spencer is live on georgia avenue on that side of the discovery building. what is the scene there? any chance of anyone getting through? >> not a chance. first i want to say, when we were listening to the press conference, they said hostages were able to get out. 2 a huge sense of relief. we've been listening to this. people have been watching this as we have and to their hostages are okay, it was certainly a huge relief for us. and people out here hearing these hostages are okay. we are north of the scene. you can see this is georgia avenue. we're here along cameron street. you're looking down south of georgia avenue. you can see the maryland state police are here. they're assisting. this is a major police investigation them need is assistance. the maryland state police are here helping with some of the street blockings and some of the traffic control in this area. you can see a lot of police activity. it was interesting to their police hear they had fired at least one shot. shooting the suspect this afternoon. we didn't hear anything. we did not hear a s
are looking into potential connections between the attacks. new news4's darcy spencer reports. >> reporter: a university of maryland students was attacked by a group of four men here near the intersection of princeton avenue and college park about 2:00 saturday morning. the robbers took the money out of the man's wallet and left him injured on the ground just a few blocks from campus. >> very scary. very thankful that i've never been approached by anyone or any of my friends, thank god. but i don't know what i would do. pretty terrifying. >> reporter: this was the latest in a series of offcampus robberies involving victims who are university of maryland students. police are not sure if they're linked. >> since school has started back at the university of maryland we've actually had four incidents where victims have been robbed, either late in the evening hours or early morning hours. and each of the cases we haven't had definitive information that links them all together yet. >> reporter: police are warning students they're most likely to become a victim during a two-hour span what they ca
, darcy spencer, news 4. >>> the federal agency that oversees offshore drilling is investigate the an explosion. it happened 200 miles from the site of the bp oil spill. the fire forced 13 people on board into the water. they were all rescued and no one was seriously injured. the coast guard says there is no oil leaking because of that fire. >>> the price tag of the other gulf oil disaster, the one involving bp, has now reached $8 billion. bp announced its spending today that includes efforts to clean up the oil as well as money to settle claims, but that number could multiply if the government determines bp was criminally negligent. company executives are hoping the government will allow them to move some of the financial burden of all of this to contractors, transocean leased the rig that exploded and halliburton cemented the well. >>> chuck is here with our weather forecast. so really good news -- >> oh, yes. >> -- for people staying in this area. >> it's good news for everybody that had interest down at the beaches, whether they own a hotel or you're just going down for you
union is slamming them even though the union also endorsed one of the candidates. darcy spencer has this story. >> nobody is saying the mailers are illegal, and some are saying they are unfair, because some candidates are being attacked and don't have the money to fight back. the mailers are changing the face of politics in prince georges county and not in a good way. the mailers are attacking some candidates running for office, including sheriff michael jackson who is running for county executive. the mailers criticize him and his department over the shooting of two dogs during a drug raid two years ago. >> we are hoping it incites voters. >> reporter: 1199 represents hospital workers in prince georges county. the $200,000 ad campaign is critical of those who have not worked strongly to solve the problem of the county's struggling hospital system. >> i think they are terrible and it distorted the political process. >> reporter: this man was endorsed by the union but now criticizing sciu, and says most candidates don't have the funds to fight back. >> they ar
spencer is in the county now. she has more on all this. darcy? >> reporter: it's primary day in prince georges county, voters are going to the polls to elect executives. >> i thought it was my civic duty to vote. so many people have suffered and died for me to have the privilege to vote. >> i'm looking for the next county executive to continue with the work that's begun, but just to get our county healthier economically. get our schools healthier. i'm really looking for somebody to come on and continue to move our county forward. >> voters are choosing candidates to lead thecounty government's, states attorneys office, the county council, and sheriff's office. voter turnout has been extremely low. as of 3:00 this afternoo only 8% of voters had had gone to the polls. traditionally, a primary would see at least 12%. >>e're thinking at first a lot this is due to the fact tha we had the early voting for the first time this year. then again, we're also antipating maybe a larger outcome coming out during the rush hour period. >> reporter: whoever wins the democratic primary could become the
her daughter. reporting live, darcy spencer, back to you. >> all right. thank you. >>> poli tell us two children have been hit by a car in northeast d.c. it happened about an hour ago. police say both kids are ten years old. t car hit them on polk street northea near a service road along i-295. they were both in a hospital now with what we're told are serious injuries. we're told the driver did stay on the scene. >>> d.c. council chair and democratic mayor nominee vincent gray said he will continue to pursue aggressive educati reform, and that may or may not include michelle rhee. tend d.c. school's chancellor has done some good things. rhee has come und fire for closing schools and firing teachers and principles in the district. on today's "oprah winfrey show," rhee spoke out about the importance of having good teachers. >> children's livesare hanging in the balance and we are making all the wrong decisions. >> reporter: while they haven't d any face to face conversations, he said he plans to speak with her specifically about the state of the d.c. school system. >> she was joined b
of sexually assaulting a passenger. the powered the driver accused of such a crime. darcy spencer is live outside metro headquarters with this developing story. good afternoon. >> good afternoon. as you mentioned, just within the last year, there have been four separate allegations made of sexual assault against metro access drivers. these the drivers who are supposed to be transporting people with mental and physical challenges. this is the man charged in this latestñr attack. he is 59-year-old samuel kinston of gaithersburg. police say he fonded a woman with cerebral palsy. according to court documents, the woman was not able to speak very well but she was able to communicate information that something had happened to her mother who then contacted authorities. the suspect worked for challenger transportation. it's a uncontractor of md transportation which has the contract with metro for metro access services. >> allegedly he was removing the victim from the bus in her scooter chair and when he improperly touched her. >> a large majority of our drivers are here for the right sxre reason
this holiday weekend for maintenance. darcy spencer has the areas that are affected and what metro is doing to help you get around them. >> reporter: at 10:00 friday night, metro closed down five stations that will remain closed throughout the holiday weekend. it's the biggest project in its history. >> we've got things that need to be done to keep it in good repair. >> reporter: several hundred metro workers will make repairs and upgrades recommended by the national transportation safety board. this will allow riders to use cell phones on the underground platform. >> if you need to call 911, report something that has happened, you'll have a better opportunity to do that. >> reporter: several riders use this section of the red line every day. many are concerned about how it will affect their weekend and holiday plans. >> i think it's a bad idea because they are going to lose money and how many are they closing down? five. that's far. >> i won't be able to get my grandson back to his mother for the holidays. so he is probably going to be with me until tuesday. >> reporter: metro officials sa
. at this point no charges have been filed. in largo, darcy spencer, news 4. >>> all 13 membs of a small california religious group are safe this morning after they disappeare over the weekend. there had been fear they were planning a mass suicide. the leader of the group was detained for a mental evaluation after the group was found praying in a california park. she and 12 others, including 8 children, disappeared on saturday and left a note behind saying they would soon see jesus and dead relatives. police did not find any evidence, though, of a planned mass suicide. >>> this morning we have a traffic ert before we head out the door for you. >>> a new traffic pattern at tyson's corners busiest intersection tracee wilkins is live with what you need to know. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. this is the dulles project. now the busiest intersecti in tyson's corner is going to be affected. 123 to route 7 westbound. they have closed that ramp for the next year. here's a look at what your new ramp looks like. drivers who use 123 to route 7, you will now have to access route 7 fro
in othecrimes, is it apprriate for a young person like that to be in the community at all? >> rorter: darcy spencer, news 4 today. >> the gun was also used in a shooting earlier that same day. another teenager has been arrested in connection with that shting. tomorrow a memorial mass will be celebrated for gilleskie at catholic university in the st. vincent depaul chapel at 4:00 p.m. all are invited to attend. why congress is eager to hear from stephen colbert aa meeting this morning. >>> live look at th beltway in maryland. it's a little hazy out there as rush hour begins. weather and traffic on the ones when we come ba.
not criminallyesponsible for hedel's death. her body was found in a garage on ts farm in rural westminster, maryland. darcy spencer, news 4 today. >>> police say sacks's body will be transported for an autopsy. >>> police inrederick county are looking for a tire slasher who apparently has a problem with white or light colored cars. between 1:30 and 5:30 yesterday morning, 31 cars this her tires slashed. police say they don't know the vandal's motive or why. so far no arrests have been made. >>> scary moments during an emergency landing at jfk airport. take a look and listen. >> stay down, stay down, stay dn, stay down. >> that's the fght attendant telling passengers to take the heads down position. the landing gear got stuck, making th emergency laing necessary. in this video shot by a passenger you can actually see sparks out a window as one of the wings drags alonghe run way. none of the 60 ssengers aboard the delta flight was injured. >>> how the obama administration is making it easier for the government to eavesdrop on your e-mail. >>> how local school leaders will play a role in a national education
? >> reporter: darcy spencer, news 4 today. >>> the gun used to kill ingl y another shooting. tomrow's matt wi be on the campus of catholic university at 4:00 p.m. all are invited to attend. >>> today the national incident commander of the bp oil spill will be in the district. retired coast guard admiral that had allen will return to his alma mater to address students. his topics unprecedented leadership challenges. he'll teach that court at gw in the spring. >>> time for another check of the forecast. tom kierein joins us with the latest. i can't believe how hot it is. >> summer lovers are thinking, let's go to the beach. and the water temperatures are warm enough still in the atlantic beaches, warm 70s. we have another summer-like day here in early autumn. this scene just about two, three hours ago was all fogged in. that's a live view from the skywalker american university park, and off in the distance is fairfax county at the horizon, louden county, right now 82 at national airport where so far as we recorded 2010, this is the hottest year on record to date. it doesn't look like much relie
close to home. and honor the lives lost at the pent gone. this is darcy spencer's report. >>> on the eve of the ninth anniversary of the september 11 attack, many have been drawn to visit the pentagon memorial. district resident liz mora came here for the first time with her children. >> they need to know and learn from what happened. it's powerful. that the's why we're here tonight, to honor and respect them. >> the memorial has 184 benches, each with the name of a victim of a plane that slammed into the pentagon. eddie is one of them. >> you're supposed to get easier. you're supposed to find closure. i have never found closure. >> jessica morrow and matthew callahan are visiting from connecticut. they said the memorial is moving and a reminder never to forget that day. >> it's amazing to see how many people actually lost their lives for what? i don't know. >> every year, a more heated topic. you can see in the news about the mosque in new york, the koran burning in florida. seems every year gets worst. >> the memorial is supposed to be a peaceful place, to reflect, to remember, the sac
continue with their investigation. darcy spencer reporting live from silver spring. back to you. >> thank you. >>> we mention ad few minutes tag suspect james lee made a phone call, or at least had a phone conversation with the producer of that nbc news in new york. pat lawson muse in our newsroom with more on that. >> reporter: we now have an audio clip of the conversation that we told but just moments ago between james lee and nbc news producers, and again this came as nbc was investigating this incident at the discovery communications building. producers for nbc called the company's general number at the silver spring headquarters. they were connected to a man who identified himself as james lee. here is a portion of what that recorded conversation that. >> i have a gun and i have a bomb. i have several bombs strapped to my body. ready to go off. i have a device that if i drop it, if i drop it -- it will explode. >> again, a portion of the conversation that nbc news producers had this afternoon with james jay lee when they made a call to the discovery communications headquarters in sil
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